Author: Moriah Hayes

Before Departure

I’m going to allocate two posts for each of the three segments of my semester study abroad experience. Two for before/the beginning, two for the middle, and two for the end. Here is the first. Thursday, August 11, 2016 – 5:03 P.M. I’m sitting at my kitchen table, and I hear my mom’s car pull into the garage. Her door… Read more →

intense realities

I’ve been feeling resentful towards having to post about my time abroad, and for a while I didn’t realize why. But now I do. It’s because this experience has been more taxing and stressful than I ever imagined, for reasons that still leave me dumbfounded. Telling people about these issues and even writing about them feels taboo, because I should be… Read more →

¡Hola desde Ecuador!

I have arrived in Ecuador, and I am mesmerized. The weather here sits comfortably around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and there’s always a cool breeze. It’s so much like Lima, Peru, which is probably why I am partial to it. This morning, I got up and went outside to walk around and was immediately captivated by the beautiful mountains and feathery clouds. The environment… Read more →

The Coast of Peru

My last post encompassed the general happenings of my plane ride and first night in Peru, but there is so much to say and discuss about the trip in its entirety. Our group spent time in the three regions of Peru: the coast, the mountains, and the jungle, so I’ll discuss each region in a separate post. ──────────── THE COAST… Read more →

The First Day in Peru

──────────── After a seven-hour plane ride and then hours on a bus, all nineteen of us made it to our host homes at approximately 2:00 in the morning. I was excited to finally be in Peru, and I remember feeling both anxious and thrilled upon arrival, as I had never been outside of the United States before. The bus ride… Read more →

A Worthwhile Investment?

Lately, it seems that the average college graduates are not earning salaries high enough to justify their time at the university. We discussed the intricacies of the higher education system, but we did not fully discuss the economic mess that recent and future college graduates will have to deal with. For students who are not following an exact plan after… Read more →

Sour Rain

A few weeks ago, I attended a full-day symposium in the Beaird Lounge of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The topic was the Chernobyl disaster that occurred in Pripyat, Ukraine, in 1986. My Spanish professor, an Austria native, presented a roughly 20-minute story about her life before, during, and after the disaster. She recalled growing up in her home city, brave… Read more →

El fin

  Two weeks ago, Spanish Club had its final meeting, and for me, it was bittersweet because I won’t be able to hold an officer position next year. I’ll be studying abroad at the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador for two semesters (yay!), and so we are in the process of selecting all new officers for the… Read more →

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